Welcome to the Division of Music History, Theory, and Ethnomusicology

The Division of Music History, Theory, and Ethnomusicology is a vibrant contributor to the College of Music. MHTE maintains a full range of academic programs from the bachelor's to the doctorate. In fact, the Ph.D. program, celebrating more than a half-century of activity, was the first in the university. Today more than 70 students are enrolled in its graduate programs.

The division offers the B.A. in Music with an emphasis in Music History; the B.M. in Music Theory, the Master of Arts in Music with concentrations in musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, and musicology with an emphasis in early music performance; the Ph.D. in Music with concentrations in music theory, musicology, and ethnomusicology.

As a hub of academic activity, the division fosters a wide range of projects and initiatives. Students are encouraged to take advantage of our faculty's vast expertise in historical musicology, theory, and ethnomusicology. Division faculty members have been recognized with significant awards for outstanding teaching, research, service and the promotion of diversity in teaching and across campus. Read More

For additional information about our programs, please contact:

Interim Division Chair:
Benjamin Brand (Benjamin.Brand@unt.edu)

Area Coordinators:
Justin Lavacek, Music Theory (Justin.Lavacek@unt.edu)
Steven Friedson, Ethnomusicology (Steven.Friedson@unt.edu)
Margaret Notley, Music History (Margaret.Notley@unt.edu)


Recent News


Clare Carrasco published her article, "Zemlinsky's 'Expressionist' Moment: Critical Reception of the Second String Quartet, 1918–1924" in the Journal of the American Musicological Society 71/2 (2018). Click here to access the article.  Click here to view her faculty profile.


Colin Davis recently published his article "'The New Harmony' of Ferruccio Busoni's Fantasia Contrappuntistica" in the Journal of Musicological Research 37/3 (2018). Click here to access the article.  Click here to view his faculty profile at Sam Houston State University.  

Paper Presentation

Frank Heidlberger presented a paper, Instrumental Music at the Accademia in Verona around 1590 – Modes of “Conversazione,” at the 18th Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music, University of Pavia, Institute of Musicology, Cremona Campus (Italy), July 12, 2018.


Frank Heidlberger (clarinet and saxophone) performed with pianist Christoph Wünsch (Conservatory Würzburg, Germany) jazz and own compositions at a Music Festival in Karjalohja (Finland).

Cheryl Bates (PhD, Music Theory, dissertation advisor: Frank Heidlberger) was hired on a tenure track position for elementary music education at Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas